Jazz to hire Danny Ainge as alternate governor, CEO

Jazz to hire Danny Ainge as alternate governor, CEO

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Jazz to hire Danny Ainge as alternate governor, CEO

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Mark Murphy @Murf56
Danny Ainge, Utah’s new CEO of Basketball, on leaving Boston: “I needed a break from Boston – and by the way my 26 years in Boston were an amazing experience.” He will serve more in an advisory capacity with the Jazz. – 6:39 PM
Steve Luhm @sluhm
The first time I met new Jazz CEO Danny Ainge:
I was working in Laramie and arranged with the SID to interview him before a BYU practice. We had just started talking when coach Frank Arnold came over, asked what I was doing and told me to get out. – 6:31 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge said that after watching NBA games over the past few weeks, he started feeling the itch to return to the league and to get to work again. – 6:23 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Danny Ainge said he loved his time in Boston and loved the people he worked with.
“Ownership was great and my staff was great. That had nothing to do with it.”
Said with the pandemic, he felt like it was a heavy load and he needed to get away for a little while. – 6:23 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Danny Ainge said there was a possibility he could have stepped away forever. Said he didn’t know he’d be back with a team so quickly. Said he started to get the bug a couple of weeks ago. – 6:22 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge: “I feel like Justin and I are excited to work together.” Said his only prior relationship with him was a few phone calls. Said he primarily dealt with Dennis Lindsey before. But said JZ is well-respected around the league. – 6:21 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Danny Ainge said there was a possibility that he was stepping away from basketball forever when he left Boston. – 6:21 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Danny Ainge: “I’m excited to work with Justin. He’s got a great reputation around the league, and I think we have a chance to do something special.” – 6:20 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Danny Ainge on roster building with the @Utah Jazz:
“Oftentimes the only deals that are available to you are the deals that don’t make you better, you have to give up something to get something in return. So, we understand that the window of opportunity when disorganization.” – 6:19 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Danny Ainge says he needed his time off, but now he’s ready to get back into it.
“My juices are flowing, I’m ready to go.” – 6:15 PM
Justin Verrier @JustinVerrier
New Group Chat with @Rob Mahoney and @BigWos discussing six big questions as trade season begins, plus Danny Ainge-to-Utah real-time reactions and more:
open.spotify.com/episode/0IVmAs…6:15 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Danny Ainge: “I needed a break from Boston.”
Said he cherished relationships he developed with the Celtics “and those will always be there.” Said the role is different and he’s not planning to work 16-18 hour days anymore.
Said his juices are flowing and he’s “ready to go.” – 6:15 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Danny Ainge said he learned patience over 18 years as an executive in Boston.
The hardest days will come to an end, the best days don’t last forever so you have to understand what causes the good and the bad days.
#TakeNote | @KSLSports – 6:15 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Danny Ainge on stepping away from Celtics role in June: “I needed a break from Boston.” He also spoke fondly of his experience in Boston over his 26 years there. – 6:15 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge said, “I needed a break from Boston.” Said he was working 16- to 18-hour days, and he doesn’t plan on doing that with the Jazz. – 6:14 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge also clarified — after making a “load management” joke about himself — that even if he won’t be making the day-to-day decisions, that doesn’t mean he won’t actually be working every day. – 6:14 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Asked who had final authority to make basketball decisions, Ryan Smith talked about a collaborative process and said that if there were disagreements, Justin Zanik and Danny Ainge would bring the issue to him. – 6:13 PM
Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Danny Ainge: “I’m not gonna be the guy that’s running the day to day. That’s gonna be Justin.” Joked that he’s in “load management” – 6:11 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Danny Ainge on his role with the @Utah Jazz:
“It’s a different role as governor of course. But I’m not going to be the President of Basketball Operations.
I’m not going to be running the day to day, that’s going to be Justin.”
#TakeNote | @KSLSports – 6:11 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge: “I’m not gonna be the guy that’s running the day to day. That’s gonna be Justin. I’m happy to communicate with him. I can be a sounding board for him. … This is going to take some time to develop.” – 6:10 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Danny Ainge: it’s a different role as Governor of course. – 6:09 PM
Ben Anderson @BensHoops
Danny Ainge on joining the @Utah Jazz.
“This is a different role, it’s a unique role in the opportunity to work with ownership and work with Justin and what they’re doing.”
#TakeNote | @KSLSports – 6:08 PM
Jay King @ByJayKing
Danny Ainge: “I’ve taken six or seven months off and I’ve gotten a good break.”
Said he feels energized and he’s “anxious to get back to work.” – 6:07 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Danny Ainge: ive taken six or seven months off, I’ve gotten a good break. I feel like I’m energized and I’m anxious to get back and get to work – 6:07 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Danny Ainge says Ryan Smith, Justin Zanik, Ryan Sweeney and Quin Snyder sold him on working with the Jazz with their energy and enthusiasm. – 6:07 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Danny Ainge said his recent time spent with Ryan Smith and Dwyane Wade, among others, helped to sell him on this opportunity – 6:07 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Ryan Smith on Danny Ainge: “This is a real unique role. This is an unprecedented role that hasn’t existed. Danny brings what he’s good at.” – 6:06 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Ryan Smith and Danny Ainge at the latter’s introductory news conference pic.twitter.com/ubQR3LB0dg6:05 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
Danny Ainge and Ryan Smith pic.twitter.com/q0U87oOfsd6:05 PM

Ryan Miller @millerjryan
Danny Ainge and Ryan Smith addressing the media pic.twitter.com/KjewYleuSt6:05 PM

Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Danny Ainge getting introduced as the newest member of the Utah Jazz front office: pic.twitter.com/pTWLzNXVFG6:04 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
🏀 The current state of the NBA as it deals with COVID-19
🏀 The biggest questions entering trade season
🏀 The Jazz hiring Danny Ainge as CEO
‘Group Chat’ with @Justin Verrier, @Rob Mahoney, and @BigWos: open.spotify.com/episode/0IVmAs…5:27 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Danny Ainge becomes CEO of the Utah Jazz. Why here? Why now? Myself and @Jared Weiss bring you the story, here – theathletic.com/3018462/2021/1…5:16 PM
Jared Weiss @JaredWeissNBA
Danny Ainge taking a Jerry West role with the Jazz seemed inevitable if he wanted it. After rumblings increased in the past week, it turns out he is not just lurking in the shadows, but he’s the CEO.
Full story with @Tony Jones on @The Athletic theathletic.com/3018462/2021/1…5:15 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
I’ll remember this day, not as the day Ainge was hired, but the day that Danny Ainge was the reason I didn’t have time to wash my hair. That’s the tragedy. – 5:02 PM
Sarah Todd @NBASarah
What does the hiring of Danny Ainge mean for the Utah Jazz? https://t.co/hWtfiQ7BqU pic.twitter.com/YOlp5zaRuf4:50 PM

David Locke @DLocke09
BREAKING NEWS – Danny Ainge named CEO of Utah Jazz Basketball – Crossover with John Karalis – lockedonjazz.net/jazz/breaking-…4:15 PM
David Locke @DLocke09
Breaking – Danny Ainge Named CEO of Utah Jazz Basketball with John Karalis of Locked On Celtics … youtu.be/xtXOA2lZ6Hs via @YouTube4:11 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
This was shared by @Andy Larsen already, but if any Jazz fans are wondering what Danny Ainge is like per his peers, I wrote the below for @celticsblog last year. I talked to multiple people to find out what talking trade with Ainge is really like:
celticsblog.com/2021/1/19/2223…3:51 PM
Tim MacMahon @espn_macmahon
ESPN story with @Adrian Wojnarowski on Danny Ainge’s “very unique opportunity” to join the contender Jazz’s front office, a deal hashed out during a trip to the Bahamas with owner Ryan Smith: espn.com/nba/story/_/id…2:54 PM
Eric Walden @tribjazz
Just six months after Dennis Lindsey was out as the Utah Jazz’s President of Basketball Operations, Danny Ainge has been brought in by owner Ryan Smith to serve as CEO and top basketball decision-maker. sltrib.com/sports/jazz/20…2:49 PM
Chris Grenham @chrisgrenham
Danny Ainge, per Utah’s press release:
“Joining the Jazz was a natural and perfect fit for me, as my roots in Utah are deep and strong. This is a team that has a tremendous foundation of players and people, and Justin and Quin are doing an amazing job.” – 2:29 PM
Chris Forsberg @ChrisForsberg_
Danny Ainge returning to the NBA on December 15, the official start of trade season, seems fitting. – 2:26 PM
John Karalis @John_Karalis
Utah Jazz officially announce the appointment of Danny Ainge as CEO of Utah Jazz Basketball. Ainge will also represent the team as an Alternate Governor on the NBA’s Board of Governors. pic.twitter.com/FRkBQcSLxD2:26 PM

Sarah Todd @NBASarah
The Jazz were always going to replace Dennis Lindsey and with Ryan Smith’s relationship with Danny Ainge, it was almost an inevitability that he’d be the one. No matter what other paths there might have been this was the one that was always going to happen – 2:24 PM
David Aldridge @davidaldridgedc
Danny Ainge on joining the Jazz as CEO: pic.twitter.com/DU2NoM83l22:21 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
Danny Ainge statement on joining the Jazz. pic.twitter.com/uEPgTG92xq2:18 PM

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine
The Jazz have formally named Danny Ainge — close friend of new Jazz owner Ryan Smith — as their new CEO of basketball operations.
More NBA from me: https://t.co/LGN9cVpeGP pic.twitter.com/v1O0D8yDuG2:17 PM

JD Shaw @JShawNBA
The Jazz have appointed former Celtics executive Danny Ainge as Alternate Governor and CEO, the team confirms. Statements from owner Ryan Smith and Ainge: pic.twitter.com/yVHjpjyHVG2:17 PM

Howard Beck @HowardBeck
Jazz announce the hiring of Danny Ainge. pic.twitter.com/cz2cnA2KYn2:15 PM

Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
ESPN story on the Jazz hiring Danny Ainge to oversee basketball operations: es.pn/3oYgf3f2:12 PM
Ben Rohrbach @brohrbach
The term “alternate governor” implies Danny Ainge will hold an ownership stake in the Utah Jazz. – 2:09 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
Romeo Langford gives up the #45 jersey.
Danny Ainge takes control of Utah’s basketball operations.
It’s all starting to make sense now. pic.twitter.com/JeOOutqva72:08 PM
Andy Larsen @andyblarsen
A little bit surprised that they made the Danny Ainge announcement on Dec. 15, but I suppose that gives some clarity to opposing teams on who the ultimate decision maker is. (It’s Danny. Well, Ryan and Danny.) – 2:05 PM
Emiliano Carchia @Sportando
Utah Jazz to hire Danny Ainge as alternate governor and CEO
sportando.basketball/en/utah-jazz-t…2:05 PM
Brian Robb @BrianTRobb
Multiple league sources confirm to MassLive @Adrian Wojnarowski‘s report that Danny Ainge is heading to Utah Jazz as CEO, alternate governor. Latest on the move: masslive.com/celtics/2021/1…2:00 PM
Ryan McDonald @ryanwmcdonald
Utah Jazz reportedly hire Danny Ainge to executive role https://t.co/FwhmFvLAKH pic.twitter.com/hxJy7qudfU1:55 PM

The Vertical @YahooSportsNBA
The Utah Jazz are hiring Danny Ainge as alternate governor and CEO, per @Adrian Wojnarowski.
Ainge’s title is Alternate Governor and CEO of Jazz Basketball. pic.twitter.com/zk86nm45su1:55 PM

Chuck Cooperstein @coopmavs
Re: Danny Ainge to Utah as CEO and overseer of basketball. We’ve seen this in all sports where the CEO seemingly holds what used to be the GM title, and the top lieutenant is now known as the GM. Is this just business title inflation, with corresponding pay raises? – 1:54 PM
Keith Smith @KeithSmithNBA
I look forward to Danny Ainge doing the Celtics a solid and reuniting these two very good friends. It’s only fair after all Boston did for him. pic.twitter.com/mCrL1LcYwJ1:54 PM

Chris Mannix @SIChrisMannix
The Jazz are exactly the kind of job Danny Ainge was looking for. Strong GM in Justin Zanik in place to run the day-to-day, with Ainge overseeing. Utah benefits from having a championship exec with decades of experience in the front office. – 1:52 PM
Tony Jones @Tjonesonthenba
Can confirm Danny Ainge will be CEO of basketball operations for the Utah Jazz, as Woj reported – 1:46 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
The Danny Ainge running the Utah Jazz was about the most predictable thing to happen in the NBA. – 1:45 PM
Adrian Wojnarowski @wojespn
The Utah Jazz are hiring Danny Ainge as alternate governor and CEO, sources tell ESPN. Ainge will oversee basketball and Justin Zanik will remain GM. – 1:43 PM

More on this storyline

Ben Anderson: Danny Ainge said he started to feel the itch to return to the league in the last few weeks. He’s been watching games and knew he wanted to come back. #TakeNote | @kslsports -via Twitter @BensHoops / December 15, 2021

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